‘Citizen group’ looks to start new school district in Draper

The hope is a smaller school district would lead to better school performance.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A student makes his way to the back of the school at Canyon View Elementary in Cottonwood Heights where they lined up on the playground for the first day of classes for the Canyons School District on Monday, August 24, 2020. A "citizen group" is looking to create a new school district in Draper.

A “citizen group” is looking to create a new public school district in Utah.

The group is a collection of parents and business owners in Draper led by Paul McCarty, a former Canyons School District Board member who was involved in its 2007 split from the Jordan School District.

They’re proposing another break, splintering five schools in Draper off from Canyons to create Draper City School District. It would be Utah’s 42nd public district.

Canyons is currently the seventh largest district in the state, according to data from the Utah State Board of Education. It oversees 45 schools and more than 33,000 students. Rough estimates McCarty provided in a presentation Wednesday show the new district would have about 6,000 students, and one teacher for every 17 students instead of Canyons’ 21.

To read more about the proposed new school district, visit KUER.

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aim to inform readers across the state.

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